Is Greenville Still a Mecca for Innovation?
Greenville has a history of being home for some of the greatest inventions in the world. The maser as conceived by Charles Townes, the six pack packaging machine as created by Hartness, the 3D printer as developed by Bill Masters, and the many creations from Milliken, GE, BMW, and Michelin.
Does Greenville still have its inventing MOJO? Do we continue to be the home for some of the greatest innovation and product design in the world? Do we foster creativity and enourage our inventors? Is Greenville still a mecca for invention?
The October TEDxGreenvilleSalon looks at these issues through the voices of two advocates and experts on our innovation environment.
Admission is free, but registration is required.
Cash Bar at 6:00. Program begins promptly at 6:30.
Inventor and Founder
Barber WindTurbines, LLC
Jerry Barber started, owned, and operated the second largest amusement ride manufacturing company in the United States for eighteen years, inventing over thirty-eight U.S. patents, twenty-two of which were produced commercially. In addition to amusement rides, his patents cover a variety of fields from military to child safety. His most widely known patent, the "Free Fall' amusement ride can be found in almost every amusement park and large carnival worldwide.
Since 2009, Mr. Barber's new concept for wind turbine design has ten U.S. patents issued, three U.S. patents pending, and twenty-three international patents pending. He is currently working closely with Georgia Tech to move the engineering to the next level for the BarberWind design. To date, he has over 50 U.S. patents.
Intellectual Property Attorney
McNair Law Firm
LOCAL INNOVATION - GLOBAL IMPACT
Doug Kim heads the Intellectual Property Group of McNair and concentrates on counseling companies concerning the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property (IP) rights. Doug also assists in developing Intellectual Property (IP) protection strategies for new ventures as well as established international companies with the goal of enhancing IP portfolios to increase company worth.
His experience not only includes developing IP development strategies, but also management and protection of IP by assisting in the development of IP protection plans to complement an IP portfolio. Doug combines his business experience and legal experience in patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights and trade secrets to assist clients in a comprehensive and integrated IP protection program to build intellectual capital for his clients.
When & Where
TEDxGreenville was the first independently organized TEDx event in South Carolina. It all started in 2010 when a diverse, passionate group of TED enthusiasts from around the community came together with the singular goal of bringing an educational and inspirational TED-like experience to Upstate residents.
The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.
TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED.
Now in its eighth year, the TEDxGreenville movement ignites passions and builds bridges like never before, while highlighting the incredible people and organizations that make the Upstate of South Carolina one of the best places to live on the planet. Yep, we said it. Drop the mic.